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Vere Kutse Kohustab

To be blunt words like 'quality' or 'promising' are not ones that immediately come to mind when one comes across a Baltic metal band. That the area has a scene is not in question. Whether the bands from these countries can compete with those from Sweden, Canada or Germany is an entirely different matter.
Loits comes from Estonia and, lo and behold, is a serious contender in the evil metal sweepstakes. Neither inconceivably fast nor incredibly brutal, the band and its second album instead concentrate on delivering quality and beefy mid-paced riffing in the vein of Satyricon or De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas-era Mayhem. The singer, save for a couple of drunken singing interludes, does a fine job and often comes across as similar to Tormentor from his Mayhem days. The formula works for the band largely because of the character that shines through and the commendable quality of the riffage. The sound too cooperates and does quite well for the act. The band or label have obligingly provided English translations for the album and song titles and even included multimedia on the disc. Fans of the aforementioned band, or anyone curious about metal hailing from the Baltic region must put Loits at the top of his mind. The band should do its part and make sure it excludes the 'drunkard sailor' vocals, the polka outro and other stupid insertions from its next effort.

Author: Ali "The Metallian"

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